Gradient Embossing with Shawn deOliveira

If you’ve hopped along with one (or all) of our InKing Royalty Team Blog Hops, then you already know what a talented and fun group of demonstrators in my group.  I love this group, and I am so glad to inspire and be inspired by these fun folks every day.  Today, I’m featuring a project by one of my team members, Shawn de Oliveira, who shares new projects on his blog at  Shawn make gorgeous, one-of-a-kind cards that are so clean and crisp.

Shawn de Oliveira | Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator

Shawn has been playing with Stampin’ Up!’s new Embossing Paste and has a gorgeous card that features Gradient Embossing.  He’s walking you through this technique, step-by-step on his blog today!  Please visit his blog (CLICK HERE) after you read my write-up to see read more about this super-cool technique and how he masterfully made this card.  Here’s Shawn’s card:

Hello Friend, Embossing Paste, Stampin' Up!, by Shawn deOliveira

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Embossing Paste and Decorative Masks.  You can’t understand how awesome this embossing paste is until you’ve seen it in person.  Maybe we can convince Shawn to just mail this card around from house to house until you are all convinced of the beauty of this paste?  🙂  I shared the paste two weeks ago (you can see that post here) with this fun tip – don’t jam your finger straight through the protective seal on the lid – you’re welcome:  Quick Tip: Don't stick your finger right into the paste to remove the protective coveringHere’s a look at the embossing paste:  Embossing Paste, Stampin' Up!And the Pattern party Decorative Masks used above:Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Stampin' Up!
  • Hello Friend.  The sentiment on Shawn’s card is from the Hello Friend stamp set that coordinates with the Hello Friend Head Embossing Project Kit.  If you aren’t “into” kits, you might have overlooked this stamp set (even thought it’s sold separate from the kit).  It’s a goodie and I love how Shawn showcased it on his card!
    Hello Friend, Stampin' Up!

    Hello Friend, Stampin’ Up!

  • Colors.  I adore the mix of soft and bright colors Shawn used.  These aren’t colors I often use, but they are great colors and wonderful choices for a gradient look.  If you like this combination of colors, too, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry

Stamp Sets:  Hello Friend  Papers:  Basic Black, So Saffron, Whisper White  Inks:  Reinkers (So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry), Versamark  Accessories:  Embossing Paste, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Palette Knives, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals

How fun is Shawn’s card!?  Shawn is sharing a step-by-step tutorial on how to achieve this gradient look with embossing paste on his blog today.  I hope you’ll pop over to Shawn’s post (CLICK HERE) for a little bit more about this awesome technique.  You don’t want to miss it!

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Hi Brian,
    Thanks for sharing the card. Have a great day.

  2. Love how Shawn blended the colors, I’ll have to pop open those reinkers and give this a whirl.

  3. Jennifer Spiller

    Brian- thank you for sharing Shawn’s talent with us today!! And Shawn, this card is awesome!!!

  4. Great card and I love the color play on this card ! I have not tried this paste yet ,but it`s on the list !
    Thanks for displaying Shawn`s creativity w/ us ! I will go visit his blog (as I often do )

  5. Knocked out by the way Shawn used color and texture for one of his signature simple and cool cards!

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